Stronger Than Obama

In my daily Bible reading yesterday, I came upon a passage of scripture that I thought was very appropriate as a presidential election in the U.S. draws near. It made me think about how we need to rely on God and trust Him to take care of us.

The passage is 2 Chronicles 16:1-14. Asa was king of Judah and Baasha was king of Israel. Israel came up against Judah to fight; and Asa went to Benhadad, king of Syria, and gave him gifts, requesting Benhadad to break his association with Baasha and instead fight with Asa and Judah. Benhadad agreed, but it did not go well for Asa and Judah. Why? Look at verse 7 of this passage:

7  And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.

I know we always say we should pray like it all depends on God and work like it all depends on us. And most of us would wonder what could possibly be wrong with getting help from someone else. Well, it may be that Asa was associating with the wrong kind of people, or it may be that Asa did not believe he could make it without help from others--thus he did not trust in the power of God but relied on Benhadad instead. I don't know. But I do know that God had the power to save Judah, and would have saved Judah if Asa had depended on God.

9  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

Now this verse is encouraging. God's eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to be strong for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him. God is watching out for us. He knows our hearts. He knows whether we trust in Him. And he will be strong for us.

I have been watching with some interest how some Christians are very upset about the idea of Barack Obama as president of the United States. I am not for Obama. Far from it. However, some Christians are scared. They think Obama will destroy our country from within. Now whether he will, or even can, I do not know. But am I afraid? No. Why? Because I know that my God is stronger than Barack Obama. And,

2 Chronicles 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

I don't believe the United States is God's people. But I believe that enough of us in this country serve God that if we pray and seek His face, He will hear us from heaven and heal our land. Will we do it or not? If we will, we have nothing to fear. If we aren't willing to do that, then we deserve whatever Obama, or anyone else, can do to us. And we ought to thank God for His chastisement.

Christina Elizabeth Dozier
October 14, 2008